Am re-blogging this hard-hitting article by Shalet. on an elderly and impoverished couple in Pathanamthitta who are fighting to keep away the quarrying mafia and their toadies from destroying the local forest eco-systems…
Climbing one of the hills at Pothenpara in Pathanamthitta (one of the districts in Kerala) is certainly an arduous task. But the eighty year old Natarajan lives here with his wife, Kanakamma.
To my dismay, his house could hardly be described as one as it’s a makeshift arrangement made up of tin sheets. An old tarpaulin cover has been stretched over the roof to prevent the leaks during the rain. That’s it!
And on top of the hill, just two kilometers away from the forest, Natarajan and Kanakamma lives in complete isolation.
It’s not something that they ever wanted, but is enforced upon just because Natarajan is not ready to give away his land to the quarry mafia.
He bequeathed two acres of land from his father who received it from the Government of Kerala in 1973 when it distributed land to the landless…
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